Technical Foul Rescinded; Celtics' Kendrick Perkins will Play Game 6

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The NBA league office has spoken: The Boston Celtics will not be without their starting center for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic. A second technical foul -- given during the Celtic's loss Wednesday night in Orlando -- would have sidelined Kendrick Perkins for the upcoming game, but it has been rescinded.

Perkins went into last night's Game 5 with five technicals in the playoffs. NBA rules state if a player gets more than six technicals, it's an automatic one-game suspension.

Well, Perkins was called for two technicals last night. The second one was because referee Eddie F. Rush thought Perkins was "too demonstrative" in protesting a foul. He was kicked out of the game, and faced missing the next one.

But the league reviewed the second technical foul and rescinded it, apparently disagreeing with Rush. (Note: During the playoffs, the NBA always reviews each technical or rough play to determine if officals got the call the right during the game.)

Perkins is averaging 5.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for the Celtics during their playoff run.

The Celtics take a 3-2 lead into Game 6 in Boston on Friday. At one point, the Celtics were up 3-0. No team has ever been down 3-0 and come all the way back to win an NBA series.